02/07/2015 02:58 EST | Updated 04/09/2015 05:59 EDT

Wesley Annan, Toronto teen, lands Stanford football scholarship

Toronto-area teen Wesley Annan got one step closer to his dream of playing in the NFL this week when he signed a full, four-year scholarship to Stanford University, home of one of the best football programs in the U.S.

It was one of more than 20 schools fighting for the 290-pound defensive tackle, who was first noticed while playing with the Scarborough Thunder.

Signing the scholarship was a proud moment for Annan and his family 

"A lot of people were, like, 'Wesley, don't cry' — because they know me, I bust a tear every now and then," Annan told CBC News. 

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